Jim Johnson
RP ATL
5 days ago

Johnson blew the save Tuesday against the Reds, giving up two runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Anyone who has ridden the Jim Johnson-as-closer trainer in recent years realizes that this is par for the course. He's a pitch-to-contact reliever, and thus he's subject to the whims of balls in play more than your average closer. This outing could have been worse - the Reds had a runner thrown out on the bases and another caught stealing with Joey Votto at-bat. Meanwhile, Mauricio Cabrera pitched well in extra innings and drew praise afterward - Johnson might not have much role security.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 week ago

Johnson walked one in 0.2 innings Sunday to pick up the win in a 1-0 victory over the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Chase d'Arnaud's walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Johnson his second win of the season. The fact that he was used to close out the top of the ninth is another strong indicator that he'll be used as the Braves' closer while Arodys Vizcaino (oblique) is out of action, as the team would not have been able to give him a lead to protect had the game gone into extra innings.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 week ago

Johnson could take over as the Braves' closer for the time being with regular ninth-inning pitcher Arodys Vizcaino (oblique) expected to land on the disabled list, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson received and converted a save opportunity last week when Vizcaino was out with an elbow injury, so he would be the favorite to take over the closer duties if it turns out Vizcaino does require a stint on the DL. Johnson would presumably serve as the closer until Vizcaino is ready to return, but he is a candidate to be traded prior to the August 1 deadline while playing for a Braves team that is well out of the playoff race.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 weeks ago

Johnson worked around a hit to secure his second save of the season Sunday versus the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

With regular closer Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) out of commission, Johnson was called upon to close out Sunday's narrow victory. The former is expected to be back by the end of the week after throwing a bullpen session Sunday, meaning Johnson should slide back into his setup role for the hapless Braves.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 month ago

Johnson gave up a hit and struck out one while earning his first save of the season on Saturday against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson (groin) was reinstated from the DL at the beginning of the month, and he's pitched well since. He's allowed just one run in nine innings while putting together an impressive 8:2 K:BB over that span. The 32-year-old was slated to close some games for the Braves before falter in the early goings, but he could get back in line for some saves if he continues throwing well.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson (groin) was reinstated from the DL Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson hasn't pitched since May 8 after being placed on the disabled list with a right groin strain. In order to make room for him on the roster, the Braves optioned Ryan Weber to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. During his rehab assignment, Johnson pitched three scoreless innings in three games. More importantly, he has indicated that he felt fine and everything was right on schedule.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson (groin) is hoping to come off the disabled list in advance of Friday's game against the Dodgers, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson indicated his rehab is progressing as anticipated, and he's already tossed two innings during minor-league assignments. He plans to pitch in games Tuesday and Wednesday with Triple-A Gwinnett, and after resting Thursday, he could be available right away if he indeed rejoins the Braves on Friday.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson (groin) is nearing a minor league rehab assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While the team has not yet announced a start date or location for Johnson's rehab, it appears he's on track to return to the big club early next month. Johnson was mentioned as a possible candidate for save chances by manager Fredi Gonzalez at the start of the season, but Johnson struggled to start the year (7.90 ERA) and Gonzalez has since been fired. He have to work to even get back in the setup mix.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was diagnosed with a right groin strain, and he'll head to the DL, which temporarily frees up a spot on the 25-man roster. The Braves will use that on Ian Krol, who will come up from Triple-A later in the day. Johnson hasn't pitched since last Monday, April 4, so it's possible the DL stint could be backdated.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
3 months ago

Johnson (0-2) received the loss Tuesday after giving up the only two runs that the Nationals scored in the game.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson came in to pitch the eighth inning when the game was still scoreless, and he was only able to get two outs before getting pulled from the game. Eric O'Flaherty actually gave up the double that scored the only two runs the Nationals scored in the game, but Johnson was charged with both. In the end, the former closer surrendered two earned runs through a hit and a walk.